0167 The Pharmacy Guild of Australia

General information

Submitterʼs name
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

Is your organisation an Approved Sponsor for any of the following programs?
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa program
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) visa program
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) visa program
  • Labour agreements
Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Health Care and Social Assistance
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
Regional / Rural


1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Added to MLTSSL

What occupations should be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) to the MLTSSL.

251513 Retail Pharmacist

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.

There are approximately 5,700 community pharmacies in Australia, which are
well-distributed throughout metropolitan, suburban, rural and remote regions.

Community pharmacies in regional, rural and remote locations are finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain pharmacists. This recruitment difficulty has also been reported by community pharmacies in several metropolitan areas.

This is reflected in data from the Department of Jobs and Small Business (while Department of Employment) in its Labour Market Survey published over the last three years, most recently in June 2017. According to the occupational reports for pharmacy, several States and Territories reported regional shortages in the pharmacy workforce. More significantly, even New South Wales reported a shortage in some metropolitan areas.

This finding is consistent with feedback provided to the Guild from community pharmacists in response to the Guild member survey on workforce issues affecting community pharmacy, conducted in July/August 2017.

While the previous pharmacy workforce modelling showed an over-supply of pharmacists in Australia, the current evidence indicates a different story, with a concerning trend for the future stability of the community pharmacy workforce.

This concerning trend is a risk for the sustainability of community pharmacy as well as patient access, and needs to be addressed urgently.

Community pharmacy plays a crucial role in delivering essential PBS and scheduled medicines to the Australian public as part of primary health care. Therefore, the Guild believes that community (retail) pharmacists (ANZSCO 251513) should be included on the MLTSSL, among occupations considered as being of high value to the Australian economy and aligning to the Government’s longer term training and workforce strategies.

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?


3. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to or removed from the Regional Occupation List (ROL)?

Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (not published)

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